GPJA WHAT’S ON: Sat – Aotearoa is not for sale street party
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Friday, November 2,
Saturday, November 3, 2pm, Harangahape Rd, Auckland
Street Party against Privatisation. Organised by Aotearoa is Not For Sale. Aotearoa Is Not For Sale is reclaiming the street (Karangahape Road) for the people of New Zealand this Saturday November 3. Starting from 2pm, the fun-filled street party protest will have musicians, DJs, information stalls, circus performers, a kids’ zone (with two tonnes of snow!) and speakers. Revolutionary fun for the whole whanau! ANFS Auckland has held two significant marches and smaller actions against asset sales this year (thanks for coming to them!), but with summer on its way it is time for the community to demonstrate their opposition in a new way; by partying against privatization. The street party is an opportunity for people to come together in unity, both to celebrate what we still own as a country, and to challenge the plans of the National-led Government to sell us out to private investors, be they from New Zealand or overseas. Our fantastic music line-up includes: AK Samba, Kīnaki, Mice on Stilts, Penny Dreadfuls, New Natives & Kinaki! Also with DJs Tina Turntables, Jafa Mafia, Scalper live, Exile, Locksteady, Issa, Flex, Oogun, Azbo, Kwinton Vybz & Tommy Flowers and many more!
Saturday, November 3, 9am-4.30pm, Dorothy Winstone Centre, Auckland Girls Grammar School
The Kirk Legacy: Three Years of Courage and Achievement. In recognition of the 40th Anniversary of the Kirk-Rowling Labour Government of 1972 – 1975, the Fabian Society, with the support of the New Zealand Labour Party, is running a one day seminar to commemorate its remarkable achievements.
9.30AM | Introduction to the Kirk Legacy Event Gerry Hill Historian
9.45AM | The Early Years David Grant Historian10.30AM – MORNING TEA
10.45AM | Big Norm, Big Labour and Big Ideas Colin James Media Commentator
11.15AM | Mururoa and Nuclear Power, Kennedy Graham Green MP
11.45AM | The Campaigns Hamish Keith Media Commentator Bob Harvey Politician
12.30PM – LUNCH
1.15PM | Waitangi Tribunal & Mana Motuhake Hon Nania Mahuta Labour MP
2.15PM | ACC: World Class Accident Insurance Andrew Little Labour Member of Parliament
2.30PM | Springbok Tour Rev Bob Scott Retired Mike Law
2.45PM – AFTERNOON TEA
3.00PM | The Women’s Movement Dr Margaret Hayward Historian
3.45PM | The Challenge of the Kirk Legacy Panel comprising Hon Bob Tizard Judy McGregor Margaret Hayward Chris Trotter
4.15PM | The Future: Labour Takes Up the Challenge Jacinda Ardern Labour Member of Parliament
The seminar will be held at Dorothy Winstone Centre, Auckland Girls Grammar School on November 3rd.
Cost (to cover speakers airfares etc) $25 and $15 for unwaged, gold card and students. Prebooking for this event is essential – a large number missed out on The Voyage, so get in early. Tickets will be issued and you can register here. Download a pdf copy of the full flyer here. Further information can be obtained from Paul. Recent Presentations: See our Papers & Presentations page for copies of these recent presentations
Saturday, November 3, 7-9pm, Artworks Community Theatre, Waiheke Island
THEATRE – DRAMA – REALPOLITIC: New Zealand will host the next round of Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement negotiations in Auckland from 3rd to 12th December 2012. “Having the negotiations on our doorstep will help focus attention on what is probably the most far-reaching executive lawmaking New Zealand has ever seen”, says Dr Jane Kelsey, a strong critic of the proposed agreement. The campaign is underway to get the word out through creative media on the implications of this so-called “Trade Agreement” and Theatres of Resistance is part of that campaign. You might say we got it started, with Professor Kelsey, speaking on TPPA as a Star of our launch into Political Theatre in 2010. And Jane will be with us again on November 3rd at Artworks Theatre, putting us in the big picture of the International Corporate Take-Over. And on our own door-step/foreshore we have the Wharetana Bay Action Group who will give us an up-date on the on-going saga of the Take-over of our Heritage and Beaches. Theatres of Resistance has developed a presentation format of Music, Poetry and Film with active Participation from the audience in discussion with our speakers. So be prepared for lively debate, go to www.itsourfuture.org.nz to bone up on the TPP information and to the Facebook Waiheke Island Parliament page to see what the Wharetana Group are up to. Then TURN-UP, STAND-UP, SPEAK- UP, RESIST: At Artworks Community Theatre on 3rd November from 7pm to 9pm in Solidarity and Spirit. Carol Winstanley for TOR12.
Monday, November 5, 7.30pm, St Marks Church, 334 Pakuranga Rd, Pakuranga.
Annie Newman from the Living Wage Campaign will speak on the Living Wage campaign for all workers to be paid a wage sufficient to raise their families with dignity and adequate participation in society. The Living Wage concept implements the biblical principle of socially just wages. Come and hear what you can do to help achieve a Living Wage. Organised by the St Marks Justice & Peace Group. Flyer: www.livingwagenz.org.nz/files/5%20Nov.pdf www.livingwagenz.org.nz
Wednesday, November 7, 3-4.30pm, St Andrews on the Terrace, upstairs conference room, Wellington.
Wellington meeting of Living Wage Aotearoa New Zealand.
Wednesday, November 7, 12noon at Civic Square, Wellington
Housing Crisis Action Day: March to Parliament. Groups from across the country are to coming to demand an end to evictions and sale of state houses, for Housing New Zealand to let all vacant state houses to families in crisis, a withdrawal of the draconian requirements to get a state house, a reopening of all HNZ offices and the construction of 20,000 new state homes. There will be bus/minivan transport from Auckland, Maraenui (Napier) and Pomare in Porirua and other centres – if you can help co-ordinate in your local area plea let us know asap. This is a big, important kaupapa and we need donations to print posters and leaflets. You can donate on-line to: Tamaki Housing Action Group Kiwibank Glen Innes Account No: 38-9014-0147012-00 For more details see the facebook page “Housing Crisis Action Day: March to Parliament” or call Marion on 021 123 9252
November 9-11. Waihi
REMEMBER WAIHI 9-11 NOV 2012. It will be the 1912 Waihi Gold Miners’ Strike Centenary and Commemoration of the death of Fred Evans. The phrase “Remember Waihi” was used for many years by the union movement to refer to the 1912 Waihi strike. It expressed anger at the death of striker Fred Evans, who was beaten by death by strikebreakers while the police stood by. It also expressed caution at confronting the combined might of the government, big employers and the police. The Labour History Project is remembering Waihi with a weekend-long historical seminar and memorial service in Waihi this November. It’s one of the ways we research, record and celebrate New Zealanders’ working lives, and draw on the past for inspiration and guidance for the future. A program and registration form for the “Remember Waihi” weekend is in this brochure: markderby37 Phone 04 973 8900
Tuesday, November 13, 7.30pm, GalatosLive, 17 Galatos Street, Auckland.
Sea Shepherd NZ Fundraiser 2012. Come and enjoy a night of fun, food and live music! We’ll be having silent and live auctions, prizes and speakers including Gareth Hughes and Captain Peter Hammarstedt from the M/Y Bob Barker who is on his eighth campaign to defend whales in Southern Ocean. Items for auction include a painting by Dean Buchannan. Doors open at 7.30pm, with the main event starting at 8:00 pm until 10:30 pm. Canapes provided free throughout evening. Bar at venue. Tickets are limited and now available online at www.seashepherd.org.nz *Note: ticket prices are $50 NZ approx. (charged at $40 AU). For more information about our donors and auction items go to www.seashepherdnzfundraiser.org.nz. If you or your business would like to participate as a sponsor or contribute item(s) for the fundraiser you can find out more information at the above link. If you are unable to attend, you are welcome to contribute at: www.seashepherd.org/donate/auckland
Friday, November 30, 7.30pm, TAPAC-the Auckland Performing Arts Centre, 100 Motions Road, Western Springs, Auckland
Auckland Refugee Family Trust presents: ‘An evening of Hope & Light with Francois and Friends’. A fundraising event. General Admission $25 and Cabaret Table Seating $30. For bookings contact ARFT: email: jcarswel or phone 09 921 9367
December 27 to January 18, NZ-Cuba
XXX SOUTHERN CROSS BRIGADE TO CUBA: Receive warm greetings from Cuban Institute for Friendship with Peoples (ICAP), that every year receives, with great satisfaction, all friends that spontaneously decide to join us in the Southern Cross Brigade of voluntary work and solidarity with Cuba. Main objectives of the brigade are to provide a great deal of knowledge about Cuban reality so that the visitors could understand it as well as to work voluntarily in the agricultural fields in order to help in the development and productivity of the country. The program of the brigade includes visits to historical, cultural and social places. Participants will receive lectures on national and international topics and will also interact with representatives of Cuban organizations and people in general. Each brigade member, at the moment of the arrival, is committed to follow the program and schedule, and also to have a proper behaviour, discipline and social interaction not only in CIJAM but also all over the country. For further communication: Phone numbers (53 7) 838-24 30 / 8335372 / 830-1220 / 834-4544 ext. 15 and Emails: asia.norte , director.dao and amiventas We would be pleased to have you in the XXX Southern Cross Brigade, a beautiful project that ICAP and Australia/New Zealand – Cuba Friendship Societies have proudly maintained since 1983, which has allow to show Cuban reality to more than one thousand people who have taken part in previous brigades as well as to receive their support and deep solidarity. This year program and brigade has a special aim and it is to commemorate 55 anniversary of the triumph of Cuban revolution on January 1st, 2013 and also to celebrate with every participant coming the 30 anniversary of the Southern Cross Brigade visit to Cuba. This is a formal invitation to join the brigade in order to strengthen brotherhood between our peoples. Sincerely yours, Asia and Pacific Division, Cuban Institute for Friendship with Peoples NZ Participants: Email gael.d for the full programme and any other questions.
IT’S OUR FUTURE
Take action on the TPPA. Leading up to the December negotiating round in Auckland and beyond, explaining what the TPPA is and what it will mean for New Zealand — spread it far and wide!
MAKING FUN OF TPP: NATIONAL CARTOON COMPETITION LAUNCHED
The 16th round of the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations will be held in Auckland from 3-12 December, presumably at Sky City as that was the venue of the December 2010round. A Trans-Pacific Partnership Cartoon Competition has been launched to encourage the country’s satirists and graphic artists to engage creatively with the many issues. “The TPP is a cartoonist’s dream: secret negotiations, big Phrma vs. PHARMAC, tobacco wars, te Tiriti vs. corporate treaties, US-China power struggles, Fonterra = NZ Inc., more backroom deal-making at Sky City, criminalised librarians, and internet users… ”, according to Jane Kelsey, who has organised the competition. The co-sponsors are Scoop Independent News (publishers of Scoop.co.nz), the Society of Authors, the Bruce Jesson Foundation and BizDojo, who will also host an exhibition of the cartoons in Auckland during the negotiation. The competition offers three prizes of $500. 1. A Best Cartoon award will be judged by prominent journalist Finlay Macdonald. 2. The People’s Choice award will be voted for online using Facebook; and 3. The Biz Dojo Co.Space is sponsoring a special student’s award, which will give the winner a scholarship to use their facilities. Overseas artists are welcome to contribute, but will not be eligible for the prizes. All the entries will be exhibited online at the newly launched It’s Our Future (http://www.itsourfuture.org.nz/ ) website, and in the exhibition space at BizDojo in Karangahape Rd, Auckland from 1 to 7 December. Artists will be asked to release their cartoons for use under Creative Commons license and once entered may be used on Scoop.co.nz as part of its coverage of the TPPA negotiations ( see also: http://community.scoop.co.nz/category/tppa/ ) Artists entering the competition can elect whether to allow their cartoons to be auctioned on-line. Proceeds from this will support the competition and It’s Our Future campaign. Entries should be sent via It’s Our Future website, which also hosts information and links on the TPPA and its implications for New Zealand. Media Contacts: Professor Jane Kelsey 021 765 055 or Alastair Thompson from Scoop on 021 707044
COME TO WAIHOPAI SPY BASE PROTEST: JANUARY 18-20
2012 has seen the Government get New Zealand back into ANZUS in all but name. For the first time since the 1980s, American troops have trained here; NZ troops have trained in the US; and NZ warships have taken part in US-led naval exercises. How ironic that all this was happening at the same time as the country was celebrating the 25th anniversary of our nuclear free law.
The public face of New Zealand’s role as an American ally is the NZ military presence in Afghanistan. But New Zealand’s most significant contribution to the global American warfighting machine is, and has been for more than 20 years, the Waihopai electronic intelligence gathering base, located in the Waihopai Valley, near Blenheim. It is controlled by the US, with New Zealand (including Parliament and the Prime Minister) having little or no idea what goes on there, let alone any control.
First announced in 1987, Waihopai is operated by New Zealand’s Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) in the interests of the foreign Powers grouped together in the super-secret UKUSA Agreement (which shares global electronic and signals intelligence among the intelligence agencies of the US, UK, Canada, Australia and NZ). Its satellite interception dishes intercept a huge volume of civilian telephone calls, telexes, faxes, e-mail and computer data communications.
It spies on our Asia/Pacific neighbours, and forwards the material on to the major partners in the UKUSA Agreement, specifically the US National Security Agency (NSA). Its targets are international civilian communications involving New Zealanders, including the interception of international phone calls.
Post- 9/11 the GCSB and Waihopai now spy further afield, to those regions where the US is waging wars. The codename for this – Echelon – has become notorious worldwide as the vast scope of its spying has become public. New Zealand is an integral, albeit junior, part of a global spying network, a network that is ultimately accountable only to its own constituent agencies, not governments, and certainly not citizens.
Join us for the weekend of anti-war protest at this spy base. Come prepared for roughing it and camping out. We provide the food (we cater for vegetarians but vegans will have to bring their own). Bring sleeping bag, groundsheet, a tent, torch, water bottle, eating utensils, clothing for all weather, and $40 (or $20 unwaged) to cover costs. No open fires.
How to find our camp at Whites Bay: turn off SH1 at Tuamarina (9km north of Blenheim or 20 km south of Picton) and drive to Rarangi on the coast. Follow the steep Port Underwood Road over the hilltop before descending to the Whites Bay turnoff. There is a DoC public camp at the bay with basic facilities. ABC has to pay a fixed charge per head.
Waihopai does not operate in the interests of New Zealanders or our neighbours. Basically it is a foreign spy base on NZ soil and directly involves us in America’s wars. Waihopai must be closed.
Email abc for further registration information.
THE TIGERS OF WRATH (are wiser than the horses of instruction).
PEKING, 1974. Trish is ex-St Cuth’s, Pauline is ex-Onehunga High; they’re dykes and Maoists and members of the Auckland PYM. Oliver is from Wellington, writes for Salient and is a member of MiLO. All three are on an NZUSA trip to Red China. HERNE BAY, 1994. Trish is now Labour MP for New Lynn and Opposition spokesperson on education. Oliver has given up writing to become an immigration lawyer. MANGERE BRIDGE, 2009. Oliver’s being investigated by the Serious Fraud Office. Pauline’s cleaning the South Auckland toilets of the BNZ. Trish is a TV current affairs host and the mother of the nation. THE TIGERS OF WRATH. A story of NZ from the recession of the mid-1970s to the crash of 2008-09. This is us. Circa Theatre, Wellington, Nov 3 – Dec 1. Cheap preview night Nov 2. Written by: Dean Parker, Directed by: Jane Waddell